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MINUTES f 



oy THE ,* 

FIFTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 

QF THE „■" 
HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

MIDDLE SWAMP? GATES CO., X. C, 
May 13, 14, 1862.. 



JOHN MITCHELL, Clerh^o tern. 



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Middle Swamp, May 13th, 1S6'2> 

Elder John N. Hoggard being absent, the introductory 
sermon was preached by his alternate, Elder B. B. Williams, 
from Heb. 5 : 9 — " And being made perfect, he became the 
author of eternal salvation, unto all them that obey him." . 

After a brief intermission, the delegates assembled, and in 
the absence of the Moderator, on motion by Elder H. Speight, 
Elder E. B. Jones was called to the chair. Elder John Mitch 
ell was appointed Clerk. Bro. J. D. Barnes, Assistant Clerk. 

Brethren W. Myers, T. W. Babb and R. Felton were ap- 
pointed a committee to receive contributions. 

Letters from the churches were called for and read, and 
names of delegates enrolled. (See statistical table.) 

The roll of delegates, being completed and called, the As- 
sociation proceeded to regular organization, 

Elder R. B. Jones Was elected Moderator for the ensuing- 
year, and Elder John Mitchell, the Clerk being absent, wa> 
appointed Clerk for the ensuing year, 

Visiting brethren were invited to seats. The following 
were recognized : Elder R. B. Savage from the Dan River 
Association, and as representing the claims of Foreign Mis- 
sions. 

The Pastor and Deacons of this church were appointed a 
committee on religious exercises. 

Reports of standing committees were called for. 

The committee on Chowan Female Collegiate Institute be- 
ing absent, no report was made. [Afterwards sent in and ap- 
pended to the Minutes.] 

Committee on Beynoldson Institute — no report. 

Committee on Temperance-— no report. 

Committee on Wake Forest College — no report. 

The committee on Baptist State Convention reported thro' 
its chairman, Elder R. B. Jones. Report received, and after 
some discussion laid on the table for further consideration. 

Elder B. B. Williams, chairman of the committee on Peri- 
odicals reported. Report received, and pending its discussion r 
* collection of $38 was taken up for the distribution of the 



Biblical Recorder among the soldiers. The report was adop- 
ted and ordered to be appended to the minutes.* (See Appen- 
dix, A.) 

The committee on Religions Exercises reported as follows : 
Elders John Mitchell and R. R. Overby to preach to-morrow 
in the 'morning, and Elder R.. B. Jones in the evening. 

On motion, Elder S. W. Worrell was appointed to prepare 
an obituary notice of the death of our much loved brother 
Q. H. Trotman to be appended to these minutes. 

On motion, adjourned to 9 o'clock A. M. to-morrow. Pray- 
er by Elder R. R. Savage. 



Wednesday Morning, May 14th, 1862. 

Association met pursuant to adjournment. Praver bv 
Elder S. W. Worrell. 

The list of delegates was called over and corrected. 

Letters from New Hope and Middle Swamp . were handed 
in, # read, and delegates" names enrolled. ■ 

On motion, agreed to hold the next session of this Associa- 
tion with the church at Mt. Tabor, to convene on Tuesday 
before the third Lord's day m May, IStio. 

Appointed to preach the introductory serxion, Elder R. I>. 
.Jones, Elder II. Speight alternate. To, preach the Conven- 
tional sermon, Elder John Mitchell. 

The chair announced the following committees to report on 
the subjects assigned at the next Association, viz : 

On C. F. Collegiate Institute— A. McDowell J. II. Lassi- 
ter and W. W. Mitchell: 

On Reynoldson Institute— E. Howell, W. Babb and Wm. 
Cross. 

On Temperance— J. <B. Webb, II. R. Felton. and R. I). 
Simpson. 

Baptist State Convention — John Mitchell, J, W, Wilson 
and H. M. Jones. 

Periodicals— Wm. Felton, J, T. Waif and T. L. Foxwell. 

Sunday Schools — J. D. Barnes, Geo. A. Britt and John 
N". Hoggard. 

Wafc Forest College— R. R, Overby, R. Felton and E. 
Ferebee. 

The following delegates were appointed to corresponding 
Associations : 

To the Portsmouth Association — G. W. Kellinger, S. W 
Worrell and EL. Speight. 



To the Tar River— J. Mitchell, B. B. YVilliams, John*. 
Haggard and J. J. Rochelle. 

To the Pamlico — Jeremiah Bunch, Wni. Bunch and Ed. 
Pierce. 

To the Union— John B. Webb, R. B. Jones and R. Felton. 

On motion, the ordained jninistera of this Association were 
appointed delegates to the Baptist State Convention. 

On motion, the report on Baptist State Convention wa^ 
called up, again read, and discussed by Elders R. B. Jones, 
R. R. Savage, R. R. Overby and John Mitchell. The report 
was adopted, and ordered to be appended to- the minuter 
(See Appendix.) 

On motion, agreed that the collection to-day be taken up 
for Army colportage. 

Moved and carried, That the Clerk be instructed to have 
the usual number of copies of minutes printed and distribu 
ted among the churches in due time. 

Moved and carried, that one brother in *each Union Meet- 
ing be appointed to receive and distribute the minutes to the. 
churches composing such Union Meeting. 

The appointment was made as follows : 

For the Bertie Union— John Mitchell. 

For the Yoppim — R. D. Simpson. 

For the Camden and Currituck — E. Ferebee. 

Wherlas, One of our churches has recommended to this Association a 
change of Clerk, and also that hereafter the Clerk be elected annually ; 
therefore, 

Resolved, That in view of the small delegation present, we deem it inex- 
pedient at this time, to make any radical change. 

On motion, the Association took a recess of forty minuter 



1 O'clock P.M. 

The Convention sermon was preached by Elder R. B. 
Jones, from Luke 18 : 28-30. 

A collection of §64 15 was taken up for colportage among 
the soldiers. 

Financial committee reported as follows : 
Amount received for minute fund, . - - - $41 00 

Contribution after sermon, . - - - - 04 15 

From Buckhorn church for Army Colportage. M 00 



Total, $129 IS 



lit wived, That our tlianks are due, and are hereby tender- 
ed to the brethren of this church and friends in this vicinity, 
for the very kind reception and liberal entertainment given 
to the delegates and visitors to the Association. 

On motion, the Association adjourned. 

Prayer by the Moderator. # 

K. R.JCXNES, Moderator, 

Joh:c Mitchell, Cl'k pro tern. 



HOT OF ELDERS OR BISHOPS IN TIIE OIIOWAX 
ASSOCIATION. 



1 S. BaKemore, Windsor. 

2 J. Bunch, Jr., " 

3 A. M. Craig, 

4 -Tanies Delk, Pitch Landing. 

f> J. D. El well, Blossom Hill, Va. 

6 I). V. Etheridge, Ballard's Bridge. 

7 K. Forbes, Camden C. H. 

8 E. Hancock, Roxobel. 

«i> David Harrell, Windsor. 

10 T. Hoggard, Pitch Landing.' 

1 1 J. N. Hoggard, Murfreesboro'. 

12 E.Howell, Reynoldson. 

13 W. Hooper, Murfreesboro'. 

14 R. B.Jones, Hertford. 

15 T. J". Knapp, Eden ton. 
Iti West Leary, Edenton. 

17 John Mitchell, Pitch Landing. 



18 M. L. Mizell, Windsor. 

19 A. McDowell, Murfreesbore 1 . 

20 R. R. Ovorby, Elizabeth City. 

21 Edward Pierce, Merry Hill. 

22 Thos. Pittrnan, Murfreesboro'. 

23 J. J. Rochelle, Jackson. 

124 D. Sanderlin, Camden C fl. 
j25 Henry Speight, G-atesville. 

126 J. D. vStokely, Hintonsville. 

127 A. Twine, Powell's Point. 

28 Henry White, Mill Landing. 

29 J. B. Webb, Edenton. 

30 B, B. Williams, Coleraine. 

31 S. W. Worrell, Gates ville. 

32 H. J. White, St. John?. 

33 B. F. King, Windsor. 

34 C. P. Bogert, Murfree*boro\ 



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LIST OF LICENTIATES. 



1 Horatio Bass, Edenton 

2 Joseph Berry, Powell's Point 

3 Welh Brigg*, Elizabeth City 

4 W H Bunch, Mintonsville 

5 W D Chad wick, Powell's Point 

6 Willie Dunning, Roxobel 

7 W L Fitcher, Carrsville, Va 
STL Foxwell, Edenton 

9 J W Homer, Sunsbury 
10 F V Hoakins Eliiabeth City , 



11 A Hellowell, Elizabeth City 

12 T J Leary. Edenton. 

13 J P Lee, Murfreesboro' 

14 IraOllham, Pitch Landing 

15 Abram Pruden, Gatesville 

16 D J Roberts, Newby's Bridg* 

17 Exum Stevenson. Jaokson 

18 Samuel Whitson, Camden 

19 W A Vann, Winton 

20 J U C Luke. HarrellsYaU 



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N. CAROLINA BABT1ST STATE CONVENTION. 

This Institution is designed to give strength and efficiency 
to. our efforts in promoting the- great objects of christian be- 
nevolence, connected with the advancement of our Redeem- 
er's kingdom in this world. It includes State Missions, For- 
eign Missions, Ministerial Education and Colportage. It is/ 
also auxiliary to the Southern Domestic Board, in promoting 
missions in general. 

In prosecuting its work of State Missions, it does not pro- 
pose to supersede the work of Associations and Union Meet- 
ings, but to co-operate with them, if necessary, and in addi- 
tion to this, supply destitute villages and sections with Bap- 
tist preaching. 

In aiding Foreign Missions, it operates through the Foreign 
Mission Board, located at Richmond, who applies the funds, 
as directed by the donors. 

It proposes to assist young men, called of God to preach 
the gospel, and approved by their respective churches in pro- 
curing an education. Thus educating preachers and r.ot men 
to preach. 

While much might and ought to be said in favor of each 
of these objects, yet the space allowed for a Report forbids it ; 
we can only, in a very concise manner, bring them before our 
"brethren. The times and circumstances demand that we give 
them a hearty support. To do this is not only our duty, but 
it is a great privilege, an exalted honor.. 

Colportage has long since been deemed an efficient means 
of disseminating religious truth. Events have transpired, 
during the past Associational year, which have invested this 
department of our Convention, with more than usual impor- 
tance. The immense army now* in the held, embraces the 
flower of the Southern Confederacy. The morals of these 
men must be cared for, or society will suffer an irreparable 
loss, however brilliant may be their victories. Army colpor- 
tage is one of the most efficient means of counteracting the 



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demoralizing inferences of the camp. The success which ha* 
attended our efforts in this department, is both gratifying and 
eneouragihg, and should stimulate us to a greater degree of 
liberality than has hitherto been manifested. Such is the 
magnitude of this work, that it demands more than a passing 
notice from us. We, therefore, hope that your body, at ifc 
present session, will inaugurate some means of affording im- 
mediate relief to this department. 

However perfect may be the plan of the Convention for 
prosecuting its work, its efficiency, under G-od, depends upon 
the churches. It is their creature. From their contributions, 
its treasury must be supplied. In view of the pressing ne 
eessity of the Board of the Convention, 

Resolved0}ha,t we request each church in this Association to send con- 
tributions to the next meeting of the Convention at Wake Forest College, 
;md that we request the Ministers, of this body to lay the claims of the 
Convention before their respective churches at some time prior to the 
meeting of that body. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R, B, JO^sTES, Chmn. 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

Your Committee on Periodicals beg leave to submit the 
following as their report. 

A good and well edited religious newspaper is an agency 
second only to the pulpit, in evangelizing and christianizing 
the human family. 

The religious editor preaches weekly to thousands of rea- 
ders through his columns ; and if the paper is well filled with 
biblical truth and sound doctrine, he will make lasting re- 
ligious impressions upon their minds. The christian will be 
constantly reminded of his duty to his God and to his fellow 
men. 

We ought, therefore, to have our denominational papers, 
and -we ought v to read them and sustain them. 

We are gratified to be able to report that notwithstanding 
many religious papers in the south, owing to our national 
troubles, have had to suspend, yet our denominational organ, 
the Biblical Recorder, still survives, and we would earnestly 
recommend it to our brethren, as worthy of their liberal pat- 
ronage and support. 

R B. WILLIAMS, Chm'n, 



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X3H0WAN FEMALE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE. 

This Institution, formerly so successful and prosperous, is 
now suffering, like most others 'in our country, from the 
blighting influences of the war. 

The Trustees, at the end of the last scholastic year, an- 
ticipating a greatly diminished patronage, and having no 
means to sustain a Faculty except the current income of the 
school, thought it unwise to. assume the payment of salaries 
for the present year, and they therefore committed the school 
entirely to the Faculty with the privilege of retaining only 
so, many of their number as the amount of patronage received 
should render necessary. During the first session the whole 
Faculty were retained except the President, who, ^ his own 
request, was absent until near the end of the session. The 
number of .pupils present was forty-four — -Jess than half our 
usual number, — but there was a fair prospect for a large in- 
crease at the beginning of the present session. ' This prospect 
was suddenly blighted by the fall of Boanoke Island which 
gave the enemy access to all our interior waters and caused 
the prompt withdrawal of all the pupils. After a few weeks' 
suspension the school was resumed with a small number 
which has increased to twenty. „ Among these are represent- 
atives of all the. collegiate classes which will constitute a nu- 
cleus around which classes may be readily formed at thir 
beginning of the next session, should Providence, permit the 
school' to be resumed at that time. 

Kesneetfullv submitted. 

a. Mcdowell, cWn. 



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OBITUARY. 

The Rev. Quintin 'Hollowed Trotman, the subject of this! 
«hort sketch, was born in the county of Perquimans, North 
Carolina, January 27th, 1805, of Joseph Trotman and Sabrey 
his wife, whose maiden name was Hollo well. When he was 
an infant his parents removed to Sandy Gross, Grates county, 
where his father died, leaving this his only child, very young, 
and a bereaved widow. Befog: very poor, and without the 
advantages even of common schools, his opportunities for an 
education were meagre indeed, having been but six months 
of his life within the walls of a school room. ' His mother 
had likewise received but slight instruction, and was therefore 
poorly qualified to direct and guide the son. Her strong mind 
and resolute energy to a great extent supplied this deficiency, 
and she reared her son to become a man. The intervals of 
arduous daily labor were cultivated by the mother in implant 
ing in her son principles of right and wrong, which have 
given tone and distinction to his character througlijife.. 

The toils and struggles of his youth for support afforded 
but little time for- mental cultivation. Saving his mother's 
care, he was eminently a self-made man. At the early age of 
nineteen years he was married to Miss Eliza Brinkley, and 
until his connection with the church, was entirely engaged in 
the business of farming, which. for the support of an increase 
ing family, claimed his whole attention. r Meanwhile thVj 
influence of evil associates over one of his confiding Baturaj 
had its natural effect in leading him astray, and the step frora 
virtue to vice being easy and short, he soon became notorious 
for his wickedness. His career however was short ; he wa3 
to become, the chosen instrument of God. The prayers of 
his anxious* wife and mother were answered in the conversion 
of the husband and son. Making a profession of his faith in 
the Lord Jesus Christ, he was by baptism administered by 
the Rev. Robert T. Daniel, on the 9th of April, 1828, received 
into the cfcurch. The energy which had given him notoriety 
as a man of -the world now distinguished-him as the man of 
God. The church quickly appreciating his talents, licensed 
him to preach in June, 1830, which was soon followed by an 
order for his ordination. On the 31st day of July, 1831, he 
was ordained by the Revs. Jeremiah Etheridge and John 
Harrell. 

He at once attained a prominence for eloquence, originality 
©f thought, pathos, force of argument, power of delivery and 



rmpressiveness of manner, ■which always commanded an 
audience arid ensured attention. Whenever and wherever it 
was known that he would preach, a large congregation ever 
attended. Whether in his appeals to a throne of grace, in 
ringing praises to God, or from the pulpit expounding the 
plan of redemption, the melodiouB strains of his sonorous 
voice filled every ear, subdued every improper thought, and 
drew, along the listener a willing captive, a captive whose 
chains were golden, and his 'captivity rapturous delight. 
However prejudiced was the hearer, however he winced under 
the withering excoriation of his powerful oratory, however 
much the sensitive bigot denounced him as he exposed the 
fallacy of creeds, arid pointed to the true light that lighteth 
the world, and in the bitterness of his. spleen, resolved never 
again to hear him, prejudice and bigotry failed to resist the 
attraction, and again and again becoming hearers, they would 
finally yield, and be obedient to the Master's will. 

There was in him nothing assumed for the occasion. There 
was no starchy buckram to repulse, no gaudy tinsel for dig- 
play. All was easy, all plain and unaffected. He never 
seemed to be conscious of his own ability. He was nature's 
true orator. The outgushing emotions of a noble heart, 
moved by the finger of God, and touched by the quickening 
influences of his holy spirit operating through the most pow- 
erful intellect of the State, could not fail to captivate the 
hearts of his hearers, and to convict the sinner of his guilt 
and a judgment to come. He was blessed with a most 
retentive memory, that never failed him while his eye-sight 
was unimpaired. In the course of an argument he would with 
ease and without effort call to his aid quotations so full and 
so apposite, as had cost other ministers weeks of* hard labor 
to cull and to arrange. 

He borrowed nothing of others. Feeling the responsibility 
of his position, he leaned not upon learned theologians, but 
placing his trust in God from his word derived th^ waters of 
life. His opinions, formed by careful research and once fixed, 
he boldly^pronounced. He shunned not to declare the whole 
counsel of God. He winked at no whitewashing of error, 
but fearlessly tearing away the covering exposed its deformity . 
He never made any compromise of the truth. It was his 
habit to call things by their proper names, and thus often 
gav^e offence when his object only was to preach Christ and • 
Mm crucifind. He applied all the energies of his nature to 
the work of his Master with labor unremitted, zeal never 



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failing, and faith never faltering. To labor for Christ was 
ilia highest pleasure, to build up his Church the work to which 
he had devoted himself/ He worked beyond the measure of 
his strength. His vigorous constitution finally broke down. 
He continued his labors, however, without remission, only as 
sickness prevented, though with greatsuffering. For the last 
ten years of his life he rarely pa*ssed an hour but in pain. In 
the spring of 1859 he lost his sight. The source whence he 
derived much pleasure being thus cut off, though in the main 
for a sick man cheerful, he lost much of his usual vivaeity. 
His time was employed in readings by his children. He 
continued, nevertheless, to preach, and to his death was pastor 
of the church at Sandy Cross, into which he had been received 
by baptism, and to which he had broken the bread of life> 
save an interval of three years, from his ordination to his 
death. Faithful flock, faithful shepherd ! He ever enjoyed 
the confidence of his ministering brethren ; with them he was 
a tower of strength. The love borne him by his church was 
warmly reciprocated. His love for all his brethren was as a 
•deep stream that flows silently on though it bears Argosies on 
its bosom. It was indeed a never-failing fountain ; it expanded 
and strengthened as long as life lasted. Aye, it was love that 
killed him at last. Often during his illness he would say, my 
child, my boy, " when it is asked you what killed me, say it 
was love ; love for his children that killed your father." It 
was, doubtless, the great anxiety he felt for his children in the 
service of the country, his strongest sympathies enlisted in the 
struggle, the great depression of spirits ensuing from the loss 
of his wife, who had died but a few weeks before his last con- 
finement, that completely prostrated him. He suffered the 
most excruciating pain, though with the greatest patience and 
resignation, repeatedly pronouncing his trust in Christ ; con- 
tinuously uttering favorite passages of scripture, and singing 
praises to God. His ardent affections overflowed in express- 
ions of love to visiting friends, to his children and servants. 
Kissing all, kissing the hands of his servants, and looking at 
each intensely as though loth to be separated from them, he 
would point them to a blissful reunion in heaven, and pray 
God to take him to himself. He was firmly impressed that 
his time was growing short ; that he was slowly passing away. 
He blessed and praised God that he was pleased to afflict hi'm^ 
saying that his afflictions would work out for him a far more 
exceeding and eternal weight of glory ! Thus, in singing 
praying and earnest invocations for mercy, blessing his cl " 



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dren, his Mends and brethren and servants, he spent the las 
moments of his life. For the last two or three days percepti 
bly suffering but little, he quietly sank away in the bosom ot 
his God. He died as only the Christian can die. On Friday 
the 9th day of May, 1862, as the rays t>f the morning sun, 
gilded the tree tops, his spirit winged its way to an eternity 
of rest. 

Ho one can appreciate the merits of the man morally, 
intellectually, or socially, unless he knew the circumstances of 
his whole life. The difficulties that environed him would have 
crushed most men. To have reared so large a family of chil- 
dren, nine in number, as he has done, with so little of this 
world's goods upon which to draw for support, was enough ; 
but with the limited; opportunity for mental cultivation he 
enjoyed, that he accomplished so much is the wonder of those 
who" knew -him best. Ani no one ^new all, for in his last 
illness lieoften said, •" eternity alone will disclose to the aston- 
ishment of my most intimate friends the difficulties with which 
I have had to contend." 

The loss of such a man. to any community cannot be esti- 
mated. As a complicated machinery, its balance wheel broken, 
society for the while ceases its customary throbbings. There 
is a pause in all around that denotes a grievous calamity, and 
each seeks sympathy in the misfortune that has befallen all. 
Universally respected and beloved, endeared to a very large 
circle of acquaintances by the ties of long-continued and 
unbroken friendship stronger than the lion's grip, his death 
severs a link in the chain of faithful friends that cannot be . 
repaired. His loss to the -church is irreparable, he was her 
most talented and able minister. A strong man in Israel, 
hath fallen. A shining jewel of the fraternity has dropped, 
into. the Master's hands. But if friends and brethren mourn 
him, what sha*ll quiet the aching hearts of his aged mother 
and beloved children, whose love and admiration, tor the son 
and father knew no limit ? They loved him as but few know 
how to love. His love for them, constrained the love of him- 
self. " 0, xVbsalom, my son, my son Absalom !'' were among 
his last words. It was. this love that killed him. Mourning 
they will mourn with a grief that findeth no consolation but 
• in the promises of God, looking forward to the realization of 
tho hope that they shall all meet again in a heaven of eternal 
rest- S. W. WORRELL, Chm'm